GoBlueWolverine.com has been traveling the West Coast scouting and reporting on some of the top prospects in the region. We've already visited wide receiver David Ausberry of Lemoore, Calif., High School, and Will Yeatman of Rancho Bernardo High near San Diego. One note on Ausberry - He failed to qualify for the finals in the long jump at the state track meet. In other news:
GBW has confirmed with reliable sources that Michigan has offered quarterback Jake Locker of Ferndale, Wash., High School. Locker joins safety Taylor Mays of O'Dea High in Seattle, and offensive lineman Steve Schilling of Bellevue High as prospects from the state of Washington who have received Michigan offers. Locker is considered by many to be the top quarterback on the West Coast this year. We will have more on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Locker later this week.
Safety Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif., High School is another top prospect high on Michigan. GBW spoke briefly with the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Mouton last week, and he said Michigan would definitely be getting one of his official visits.
Edison High School in Fresno produced three Division 1-A prospects last season, including cornerback Johnny Sears, who signed with Michigan. Sears, who qualified for the state track meet held over the weekend in Sacramento, failed to qualify for the finals. However, his high school sports career is not yet complete. On June 16 he will play in the Fresno City/County All-Star game along with fellow Tigers Arkelon Hall, the talented Tiger quarterback who signed with Washington State, and cornerback Robert Peele, who signed with Cal. GBW will be there to cover the game.
Speaking of Edison. The Tigers, minus three starters who joined Sears at the state track meet, won a passing league tournament held Saturday at Clovis, Calif., West High School. The Tigers are a young team, and will start a sophomore at quarterback this season. Jerry Davis is finishing his freshman year, but is already showing the natural gifts that could make him a top prospect in the coming years. Hall, who was in attendance at the tournament, said this about Davis. "He's much better than I was at the same stage. He has a great arm and is very smart for such a young player." Schools are already beginning to notice the young phenom, including Michigan.
For those who think the loss of Sears and Peele will decimate the Tiger secondary, think again. Defensive backs coach Tony Perry said he wouldn't miss a beat with Keyjohn Murphy and Courtney Vining taking over the corner duties. "You watch these two," Perry said. "They are both just as gifted at Johnny and Robert, and they learned a lot working with both of them last year." Murphy and Vining will be juniors this season, and both are receiving interest from Cal and some of the other Pac 10 schools. Vining said Michigan has also expressed interest. Perry said Vining has already received an offer from Cal.
GBW continues its Spring Practice Road Trip reports this week, with visits to Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, and to several other San Diego-area schools.
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